The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


January 9, 2013

Obituaries -- Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Larry Herbert Bennett

ALDERSON — Larry Herbert Bennett, 52, of Alderson, passed away early Monday morning, Jan 7, 2013, at Hilltop Center, following a long illness.

Born June 21, 1960, at Beckley, he was the son of the late Herbert Carl and Norma T. Russell Bennett.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by one sister, Freida Hanna, and four brothers, Kenneth, Danny, Rodney, and Eddie Bennett. Larry worked as a well driller for the past 30 years, and was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include two daughters, Autumn Bennett of Rupert and Cierra Bennett of Meadow Bridge; three step daughters, Adrianna Thomas of Meadow Bridge, Angela Bennett of Rainelle, and Audra Gregg of Rainelle; two sons, Larry C. Bennett of Green Sulphur Springs, and Jordan Bennett of Green Sulphur Springs; two sisters, Lettie Crist of Buena Vista, Va., and Linda Holcomb of Rupert; four brothers, James Robert Bennett of Quinwood, Jimmy Bennett of Rainelle, Teddy Bennett of Rupert, and Steve Bennett of Quinwood, and one grandchild, Elsie McClung.

Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at the Big Clear Creek Baptist Church on Anjean Road, with the Rev. Sam Groves officiating. Burial will follow in Wallace Memorial Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service (1 to 2 p.m.) at the church.

Arrangements by Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Rainelle.

Shirley Jean Brooker

WHITEWATER — Shirley Jean Brooker, 74, of Whitewater, a native of Zela, died Monday, Jan. 7, 2013.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in the Pierson Chapel United Methodist Church at Zela, with Pastors Brad Blanchard and K.P. Pierson officiating.  Interment will follow in the Sebert Cemetery at Zela.

Friends may call at the White Funeral Home at Summersville on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Glenn Ray Gilkerson

LEWISBURG — Glenn Ray Gilkerson, 80, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at the Salem VA Medical Center in Salem, Va.

Born May 21, 1932, in Sprague, W.Va., he was the youngest son of Isaac and Bessie Carper Gilkerson.

He was a 1950 graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley. Glenn served in the United States Navy from 1952 to 1956. A Navy Airman E3, he was stationed in the Forward Area of Iwakuni, Japan for 431⁄2 months during the Korean Conflict. Glenn received United Nations, Korean, National Defense, and Good Conduct ribbons during his period of service.

Glenn was a newspaper pressman, working first for the Beckley Post Herald, then the Charlotte Observer, and finally the Washington Post. Prior to becoming disabled, he was secretary/treasurer of the United Pressman’s Union Local No. 360 and Assistant Shop Stewart of Washington Pressman’s Union Local No. 6.

He was a member of the Lewisburg United Methodist Church, Lewisburg Lions Club, and the Disabled American Veterans.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 10 sisters; three brothers; and a daughter, Sandra.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Mary Jane Phipps Gilkerson; daughters, Pamela (Ben) Lewis of Lewisburg, W.Va. and Karen (Eric) McDaniel of  Waiteville, W.Va.; three granddaughters, Amanda McDaniel-Guzman (Julio), Megan Lewis, and Danielle McDaniel; two great-granddaughters, Leighana and Blaklee Guzman; a sister, Louise Crouch of Beckley, W.Va.; several brother and sisters-in-laws, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at McCraw Funeral Home in Lewisburg, on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Services will be conducted at Lewisburg United Methodist Church in Lewisburg, on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Joe Kenaston officiating. Graveside services and burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Beckley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a favorite charitable organization.

Information submitted by McCraw Funeral Home, Lewisburg.

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